Mom accused of letting toddler sip margarita avoids trial
SALEM - A Massachusetts woman accused of allowing her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and pouring some of it into the girl's sippy cup has avoided trial and possible deportation.
Forty-two-year-old Sheldy Nelson of Lynn was originally scheduled to go to trial Wednesday on charges of child endangerment and providing alcohol to a minor.
The Salem News reports that a judge last week agreed to continue the charges without a finding for 11 months. They will be dismissed if Nelson takes a parenting class, passes random alcohol tests and complies with orders from child welfare officials.
Her attorney has said Nelson, who is from Haiti, didn't realize margaritas contained alcohol. He said a conviction would result in deportation.
A waitress told police last August that Nelson ignored two warnings from restaurant staff to stop giving her daughter sips of her margarita.